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d Crown Point, surrender the peninsula of Nova Scotia, with a strip of land twenty leagues wide along the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic, and leave the intermediate country to chap. VII.} 1755. the St. Lawrence a neutral desert. Proposals so unreasonable could meet with no acceptance; yet both parties professed a desire—in which France appears to have been sincere—to investigate and arrange all disputed points. The credulous diplomatist put trust in the assurances Stanley to Pitt, in Thackeray's Chatham, II. 581. of friendly intentions, which Newcastle lavished upon him, and Louis the Fifteenth, while he sent three thousand men to America, held himself ready to sacrifice for peace all but honor and the protection due to his subjects; Instructions to Varin, N. Y. Paris Documents, XI. 2. consenting that New England should reach on the east to the Penobscot, and be divided from Canada on the north by the crest of the intervening highlands. Secret Instructions to Vandreuil, 1
the slave-trade; Minorca; freedom to assist the king of-Prussia; and British ascendency in the East Indies. The ministers of Spain and Austria could not conceal their exultation. Aug. My honor, replied Choiseul to the English envoy, will be the same fifty years hence as now; I am as indifferent to my place as Pitt can be; I admit with out the least reserve the king's propensity to peace, his Majesty may sign such a treaty as England demands, but my hand shall never be to that deed. Thackeray's Life of Chatham, II. 580. And claiming the right to interfere in Spanish affairs, chap. XVII.} 1761. Aug. with the approbation of Spain, he submitted modifications of the British offer. He still desired peace; Bussy to Pitt, 5 Aug., 1761. but he already was convinced that Pitt would never agree to a reasonable treaty, and his only hope was in delay. Thus far Pitt had encountered in the cabinet no avowed opposition except from Bedford. On this point the king and his friends made
he early dreams of John Adams made the removal of the turbulent Gallics a prelude to the approaching greatness of his country. During the negotiations for peace, the kinsman and bosom friend of Edmund Burke, employed the British press to unfold the danger to England from retaining Canada; and the French minister for foreign affairs frankly warned the British envoy, that the cession of Canada would lead to the independence of North America. Hans Stanley to William Pitt, 1760, printed in Thackeray's Chatham. Unintimidated by the prophecy, and obeying a higher and wiser instinct, England happily persisted. We have caught them at last, From oral communications to me by the late Albert Gallatin, confirmed by papers in my possession, relating to periods a little earlier and a litt'e later. said Choiseul to those around him on the definitive surrender of New France; and at once giving up Louisiana to Spain, his eager hopes anticipated the speedy struggle of America for separate e
Thackeray's George IV. Thirty-eight years ago, when George IV. was but a new King, upon the occasion of his visit to Ireland, Byron wrote: "Spread — spread rsed the judgment pronounced upon the royal glutton by the indignant bard. Mr. Thackeray is the last who has spoken, and the only difference between the contemporarect for no sentiment stronger than derision. All the laughing devils under Mr. Thackeray's control — and their name is legion — are let loose upon the memory of thehis friends, in his younger days, is incontestable, in spite of all Byron and Thackeray have said. Among other talents, Raikes tells us, upon the authority of the Ddget of anecdotes was uncommonly large. In the course of this lecture, Mr. Thackeray alludes to a well known circumstance in the life of George IV., upon which ecret from the world and reigned for him, as Pitt had done for his father. Mr. Thackeray does not allude to his general madness, but contents himself with alleging <
Thackeray. This great English satirist, who undoubtedly writes the strongest, sharpest and smartest things of any writer of his class in the language, who often expresses sentiments so noble in a style so touching that one can scarce refrain from tears of admiration of the writer and of sympathy with his subject, is nevertheland enforces in his lectures upon the English wits between the Author and the man. What scorching words he has for the whole race of Snobs, and yet what a snob Mr. Thackeray is! What a beautiful description he gives of the true gentleman in his lectures on George IV. We have never seen anything as good as his definition of a gentdiculous quarrel about his own nose, are peculiarities which no caricaturing but his own could make more ludicrous and nonsensical than they are.--Yes, the great Thackeray is the living illustration of the truth he has so often enforced, that a man may be a great critic and a great fool; that he may vividly describe heroism and vir
f the lack of business talent, the improvidence and carelessness of literary men? Motley's new volume is in press by the Harpers, and indeed ready for publication. They hold it back solely on account of the times. Some of the copy of Thackeray's Virginians was written so hastily that the original manuscript was sent to this country before the author had corrected the proofs. The two first volumes of a French translation of a German work called "Enigmatical Personages and Wonderfit back solely on account of the times. Some of the copy of Thackeray's Virginians was written so hastily that the original manuscript was sent to this country before the author had corrected the proofs. The two first volumes of a French translation of a German work called "Enigmatical Personages and Wonderful Histories," are just published in Paris. Anthony Trollope, John Hollingshead, and George Lewee are the principal contributors to the Cornhill Magazine, besides Thackeray.
and of unimpeachable reputation for honor and integrity. His own life takes in some important events in the history of his country. For sale by J. W. Randolph. The Four Georges; Sketches of Manners, Morals, Court and Town Life. By W. M. Thackeray. New York: Harper & Bros. These are the well known lectures of Thackeray, gotten up in handsome style and illustrated. For sale by J. W. Randolph. Nicaragua; its People, Scenery, Monuments, Resources, Condition and Proposed Canal; with onThackeray, gotten up in handsome style and illustrated. For sale by J. W. Randolph. Nicaragua; its People, Scenery, Monuments, Resources, Condition and Proposed Canal; with one hundred maps and illustrations. By E. G. Squier, formerly Charge d'affaires of the United States to the Republic of Central America. New York: Harper & Bros. This book is published in good style and has peculiar interest now when the ill-fated expeditions of the American filibusters are fresh in the memory. For sale by J. W. Randolph. We have received from Messrs. West & Johnston, the publishers, a neat pamphlet, comprising the speech of Mr. Voorhees, of Indiana, in defence of Cook, a
The Daily Dispatch: December 10, 1860., [Electronic resource], The Burning of the Kentucky Lunatic Asylum. (search)
Southern Literary Messenger. The Southern Literary Messenger for December contains many useful, interesting and suggestive articles in prose and verse. It has given us pleasure to bear tribute to the able and spirited manner in which Dr. Bagby conducts this periodical. Aside from the editors contributions, there are thirteen articles, historical, scientific, humorous and pathetic. "Lady Mary Wortley Montague," "Popular Lectures on the Various Forces of Matter," "Thackeray versus Dickens," are the leading prose compositions; and "Tom Johnson's Country Courting; " "The Northman's Cause;" "Death and Burial of De Soto;" "De Profundis;" "Music on the Gulf Shore," and "Lines to Mary," make up a sufficiently varied poetical entertainment. The leading editorial article is a discussion of Disunion, in which the editor advocates immediate secession, and strongly commends the position of South Carolina. The following opening sentence is the key-note of the whole article: "The
temper of the Rump. This miserable adventurer, Baker, is almost as implacable as his old master, George the Third, who was determined never to surrender his dominion in America, but who found reason in the course of time to adopt a wiser resolution. Yet, after all, what was gained by throwing off the yoke of a royal tyrant, if it is to be succeeded by the worse despotism of a vulgar military despotism? Who would not rather be ruled by the gentleman George than by the loafer Baker? Thackeray once said that an English snob was the most irredeemable of all snobs, and it is equally true that an English radical is the most arbitrary of all despots. No country in the world has a nobler class of gentlemen and patriots than the English aristocracy. But, Heaven deliver us from such specimens of vulgarity, audacity and arrogance as sometimes find their way to these shores, and of which this adventurer Baker, who has crawled into the chamber once occupied by a Webster, a Clay and a Ca
acres of land for the town of Norfolk. Extraordinary inducements were offered to lawyers, bricklayers, artizans, and mechanics, to take up their residence within the fifty acres; and they were exempted from arrest, and their property was not liable to seizure for debt. Owing to the healthfulness of the location, the fine harbor, its facilities for trade, the place increased gradually towards the dimensions of a town. September 15th, 1736, by a royal charter from George II, (about whom Mr. Thackeray tells so many pleasant stories,) it was formed into a borough; and that is how the city of Norfolk came about. From 1736, the date of its chapter, to 1770, the town of Norfolk grew rapidly. Its fine location and its excellent harbor gave an importance few other towns possessed.--Trade from all parts of the State flowed into its streets, and avenues were opened to commerce with the world. At one time there was but a single rival in the colony, and that, Dumfries, a Scotch settlement
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